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Cryogenic Safety

Anyone handling cryogenic liquids should be familiar with the hazards presented by such materials and trained in how to handle them safely. Emergency procedures should be established and rehearsed, proper training in the operation of all equipment provided and knowledge and appreciation of hazardous properties of the materials instilled. Cryogenic liquids should never be handled without proper protective gear.

Generally recommended protective apparel for handling cryogenic liquids include the following:

  • Proper fitting gloves*
  • Protective face shield and goggles
  • Protective apron without pockets
  • Protective gaiters
  • Pants without cuffs
  • Shoes without laces

*Proper Fitting Gloves For maximum dexterity and safety, cryogenic gloves must fit properly. Although gloves should be loose enough to allow for quick removal if necessary, a glove that is too large impairs dexterity and function. A tight glove leads to thermal loss.